In the News: 2012-11-16

Written on:November 16, 2012
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Apple News: Apple acquires over 1000 patents from Nortel auction
Last summer, Apple teamed up with Microsoft, RIM, Sony and others to participate in an auction involving a large amount of wireless and LTE patents. The ‘Rockstar consortium’ outbid Google, and scored more than 6,000 patents for a cool $4.5 billion. Of course, since Apple put up a huge chunk of the bid (something like $2.6B), it’s always had access to the Nortel IP. But according to a new report, the tech giant has been outright purchasing select patents from the consortium over the past 6 months…
Read full story => iDownloadBlog

Technology News: APIs: The Soft Underbelly of On-line Banking
In recent weeks, there have been a number of highly publicized cyberattacks on US banks. These attacks take the form of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, involving enormous amounts of traffic being sent to Internet-facing banking services, rendering them unusable.
Read full story => programmable web

Programming News: Cookies wtf!!
Just wanna bark that out: Who the hell did the design for document.cookie? I was a naive guy coming from my known little world of C++ server backend programming to this godless land of web development and my head blew off :-) Thats how I felt a lot of times making my steps in this unknown and hostile environment. But I never felt as disenchanted as I felt when I start to use cookies in my js code.
Read full story => eXtrawurst

Photography News: Three Ways to Go Mono in RAW
Do you prefer Black and white or Monochromatic? Whatever you choose to call it, taking away the colour from your photo will completely change it and often for the better. You might be thinking that black and white is just that, black and white? So how can there be more than one way to do it and why would you want to even bother?
Read full story => TipSquirrel

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